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Auto Racing

March 10, 1998|STEVE SPRINGER

Bobby Labonte is dispelling the notion that the Atlanta Motor Speedway is a Ford track.

The younger brother of Terry Labonte found his stride late in Monday's rain-postponed Primestar 500 and drove his Pontiac to a decisive victory, leading a train of Fords across the finish line on the 1.54-mile oval.

Labonte has won two in a row and three of the last four Winston Cup races at the track in Hampton, Ga., 30 miles south of Atlanta.

"We weren't there, we weren't there and then we were," said Labonte, who passed the Ford of Dale Jarrett for the lead and stayed in front for the final 47 laps of the 325-lap event.

Labonte averaged 139.501 mph and earned $106,800 for his sixth victory.

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The world's auto racing governing body, FIA, turned down a protest over the "prearranged" finish of the Formula One Australian Grand Prix but said the practice could be banned at a meeting March 18 in Paris.

Ron Walker, the chairman of the Australian Grand Prix, complained to FIA after Mika Hakkinen's controversial Formula One victory Sunday that came when his McLaren-Mercedes teammate David Coulthard pulled over with two laps to go.

Figure Skating

Olympic champion Tara Lipinski, tired and suffering from an infection, said she will not compete at the World Figure Skating Championships, which begin March 31 in Minneapolis.

"We realized we wanted to be 100% and not hurting," Lipinski said at a reception in Warren, Mich., honoring her and other Olympic skaters who train at the Detroit Skating Club.

Lipinski said last month she would compete at the World Championships. But she awakened Saturday with swollen glands and had two molars extracted Monday morning.

Pro Football

Defensive end Alonzo Spellman, apparently upset for weeks over the Chicago Bears' attempts to trade him, drew police to his publicist's home in Tower Lakes, Ill., after throwing a temper tantrum, authorities said.

A sheriff's spokesman said the tactical unit was sent in response to a 911 call "to contain the situation" at the home of publicist Nancy Mitchell. No hostages or weapons were involved, and no one had been injured.

Former Bear linebacker Mike Singletary talked Spellman into surrendering, and he was taken to a hospital.

Golf

Gil Morgan continued his strong play, firing a six-under-par 66 and taking a five-stroke lead over defending champion Hale Irwin after the first round of the Senior Slam in Los Cabos, Mexico.

Boxing

The other shoe dropped squarely on John Horne and Rory Holloway, co-managers of former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.

Less than a week after suing promoter Don King for $100 million, Tyson sued Horne and Holloway in Los Angeles Superior Court for $100 million as well, charging breach of contract, fraud, negligence and unjust enrichment. Among the items requested in the latest suit is an accounting of funds received by Horne and Holloway.

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